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Half Day Hoi An City Tour with Boat Trip: A Cultural & River Cruise Tour


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The 4-hour to 4.5 hour Half Day Hoi An City Tour with Boat Trip begins at either 8:30 a.m or 14:00. The tour includes private vehicle with air conditioning, entry fees, bottled water, a tour guide who speaks English (other languages available upon request with a price), travel insurance, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Hoi An City Center. The tour is available every day and may accommodate up to 15 guests.

This is a walking guided tour through the old town of Hoi An inclusive of Hoi An river cruise on the river to visit traditional villages of Hoi An city.


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Visit Hoi An Ancient City

Hoi An’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a historic gem featuring well-preserved architecture, charming streets, and iconic landmarks like the Japanese Covered Bridge and old merchant houses. It offers a rich tapestry of cultural heritage, vibrant markets, delicious street food, and the enchanting Hoai River.

Enjoy traditional performance

The Hoi An Traditional Performance House offers cultural shows featuring traditional Vietnamese music, dance, and storytelling. Visitors can witness captivating performances by skilled artists, providing insights into the region’s heritage and folklore. It’s a unique opportunity to experience the rich cultural traditions of Hoi An through vibrant and engaging entertainment.

Take a leisure boat cruise on the Thu Bon river and visit old aged villages

Part of the trip is to take a river boat cruise in Hoi An along the Thu Bon river. You can enjoy relaxing boat ride and peaceful landscapes of the areas as well as the local life of fishermen. Walking around the villages of Thanh Ha Pottery and Kim Bong Carpentry will help you understand more of the local crafted jobs and how they preserve them through many generations.


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Kick off our Half Day Hoi An City Tour with Boat Trip by the meeting up at your hotel with our tour guide and private car. We then transfer you to Hoi An city center where you can begin a leisurely Hoi An Walking Tour.

As far as we are concerned, Hoi An was commercial trading port of Vietnam in the old days with many foreign traders coming here for trade with the local people. Over the time, many old buildings and temples remain intact and it contributes to the recognition of Hoi An Ancient town as the World Cultural Heritage on December 4th, 1999.

Take a thorough walking tour of Hoi An’s lovely streets and vivid history, you can have a great chance to know a lot more of Hoi An culture. In the first place, we will visit Hoi An central market. Thus, Hoi An market is vibrant and it offers you all local souvenirs and street food of Hoi An ancient town. Here, you can know many local products are on sale and can purchase some for your family. Besides, you can know the daily life of the Hoi An people, finding some of Hoi An’s specialties such as Cao Lau, “Quang” Noodles, Wonton and Bread that is so popular in Vietnam.

Keeping up on our Half Day Hoi An City Tour, we are then heading to a Chinese Assembly Hall: Fujian Temple that was built by Fujian community to serve as a communal house and a meeting place. Visiting this spot, you’ll not only know about the history of Chinese community in Hoi An back to the days but have big chance to know intricate designs of this temple.

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At the same time, you will understanding Vietnamese culture. For example, you will know how the locals worship, the origin of burning incense and how we give offerings to our ancestors and what Hoi An people offer on the first and fifteen days in lunar months.

Moving on our Hoi An City Tour, we are then off to a theater where you can enjoy the traditional music show by the local artists. Hence, you will realize some of traditional instruments and listen to some folk songs knowing much more of this land that was the mixture of Champa and Dai Viet regimes in the past.

Following up on, we are then heading to Quan Thang Old House. Thus, Quan Thang Old House, located in Hoi An, is a beautifully preserved 18th-century traditional Vietnamese residence. It features intricate architecture, a tranquil courtyard, and historical artifacts. This historic house offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Hoi An and is a must-visit attraction for history enthusiasts.

In addition, you can see how the local people live and how they make some of Hoi An’s specialties in the back of the house. Sightseeing this house not only gives you the architecture of this place but gives you the soul and the tradition and the culture of local people.

In addition to Quan Thang Ancient House, Hoi An has a lot more old houses. This Half Day Trip gives you a chance to visit the nicest ancient house in Hoi An: Tan Ky Old House.

Tan Ky Old House, situated in Hoi An’s Ancient Town, is a well-preserved 18th-century merchant’s residence that reflects the town’s cultural and architectural heritage. Its wooden beams, intricate carvings, and unique blend of Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese design elements make it a remarkable example of the local architectural style. The house is also a living museum, showcasing family heirlooms and history. Visiting Tan Ky Old House offers a fascinating insight into Hoi An’s trading history and cultural crossroads.

Lastly, we then move up our trip to the Japanese Covered Bridge, a representation of the distinct fusion of cultures in Hoi An. Hence, the Bridge was built by the Japanese traders and it shows the cultural exchange of three nations: China, Vietnam and Japan. From this spot, you can overlook Hoi An river and the other side of Hoi An as well as some of the bars, restaurants that you can come back later for own dinner.

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Finishing our Hoi An City Tour, our tour guide then takes you to the dock of the Hoi An river, Here, you will embark a relaxing boat cruise on the Thu Bon river heading to Thanh Ha Pottery Village. Accordingly, Thanh Ha Pottery Village, located near Hoi An in Vietnam, is renowned for its traditional pottery craftsmanship. This charming village has been producing clay pots, vases, and ceramic products for generations. So, visitors can witness artisans skillfully shaping and decorating clay, often using techniques passed down through families. Therefore, Thanh Ha Pottery Village provides an authentic glimpse into Vietnam’s rich pottery heritage and offers a chance for tourists to try their hand at creating pottery under the guidance of experts.

Following this trip is to get back to the boat, we are heading to Kim Bong Carpentry Village. So, Kim Bong Carpentry Village, found on Cam Kim Island near Hoi An, is celebrated for its centuries-old woodworking traditions. Skilled craftsmen here create intricate wooden furniture, sculptures, and boat-building masterpieces, using techniques passed down through generations. Visitors can watch artisans at work and even engage in hands-on woodworking experiences. Consequently, Kim Bong Carpentry Village showcases the artistry and craftsmanship that have made it a vital part of Hoi An’s cultural heritage and a significant attraction for those interested in traditional woodworking.

Proceed down the trip is to head back to Hoi An city center where you can have some free time on your own or meet our driver who will take you back to the hotel. Thus, our Half Day Hoi An City Tour with Boat Trip is ended here.


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First, a fascinating voyage through time and culture will be in this Hoi An walking tour and river boat. A window into the city’s colorful past is offered by its well-preserved ancient architecture, which includes famous sites like the Japanese Covered Bridge and historic merchant homes as well as Hoi An central market where you can breathe the flavors of Hoi An.

Second, embarking on a river trip along the Thu Bon River offers a serene experience while discovering quaint communities such as Thanh Ha Pottery and Kim Bong Carpentry, which preserve traditional crafts. Thus, Hoi An is a unique location that combines legacy, natural beauty, and local handicraft into an enriching experience. This half day Hoi An city tour offers historical discovery, peaceful river views, and interesting cultural exchanges that you will never forget.


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To know the best quote of this half day trip of Hoi An town, kindly contact Phong Nha Pioneer Travel, send an email to or text us by whatsapp +84 979613777 (Mr. Viet) for the best rate and services.


  • round way pick up and drop off from hotel in Hoi An
  • Experienced English tour guide
  • Entrance tickets to the tourist attractions
  • Boat cruise on the river
  • Water


  • Personal expenses
  • Meals
  • Tipping for guide and driver
  • Others


  • Full charged camera
  • Caps/Hats
  • Sandals/Walking shoes


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Question (Q): What I expect to see in Hoi An Guided Walking Tour?

Answer (A): With an entrance ticket of Hoi An, you can select five different places to visit from brochure of Hoi An. You can expect to visit a Chinese Temple, an Old House, Japanese Bridge, Hoi An central market and music show in the theater.

Q: What’s the best time to visit Hoi An Old Town?

A: The good time to have Hoi An City Tour is in the morning when it is cool and not so hot. At this time, the city is quite quiet and therefore you can take lots of beautiful pictures.

Q: How can I pay the tour?

A: You can pay in Vietnam Dong or American dollars.

Q: Do I need to reserve the tour?

A: Yes. To secure the tour and for the well – prepared trip from Phong Nha Pioneer Travel, you thus can reserve the trip with us by email or by whatsapp.

Q: Do I need to deposit the trip?

A: No. Phong Nha Pioneer Travel will NOT allow you to deposit the trip.

Q: Can I pay by credit card?

A: Yes. You can but by Vietnam’s bank laws, you must pay extra 3% of the total trip if paying by this method.


To sum up, the walking tour of historic Hoi An Town, which lasts for half a day, is a wonderful way to take in the charm and peace of the town. Thus, the tour schedule provides a comprehensive overview of the main facets of Hoi An’s history, culture, and architecture. You can experience the local way of life at Hoi An Market, discover the history of the town at Hoi An Museum, marvel at the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge, be amazed by the Assembly Halls with their Chinese influence, and marvel at the distinctive architecture of the Ancient Houses. Lastly, a boat ride on the Thu Bon river is a fascinating way to witness the peaceful scenery of the area and the fishing life of the local people.

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